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a financial aid package for president barack obama is expected to nominate republican chuck hagel as the countries newest defense secretary tomorrow. that's according to a senior administration official. the former senator and decorated vietnam war veteran is going to replace the retiring leon panetta. obama and hagel built a strong relationship during their time together in the u-s senate. over the next couple of weeks both obama and hagel will likely face a lot of questions on where hagel stands on many key issues as the country transitions into the future. >> president obama has signed a financial aid package. the congressional package for more funds will face tough scrutiny as it looks for more spending and debt. the bay area saw it's own days of damage after some brutal storms. this is video from our kron archive from more than 30 years ago. flooding damage nearly wiped out highway 9 in the santa cruz moutains and destroyed homes. officials worked to help minimize the flooding damage over the years but as you can see in video from 19-95. more floods! quite a flash back! but n
republican senator chuck hagel is his choice as secretary of defense. a former vietnam vet.he has co-chaired the president's intelligence advisory board. >> and this and that i admired his courage and judgment and speaking his mind even if it was not popular >> catherine: hagel is considered blunt - with independent views. to the dismay of fellow republicans, he opposed the troop surge in afghanistan and has called for deep cuts in defense spending. some argue his support for israel is inadequate. in 2008 - hagel broke ranks with other republicans to support obama. his path to nomination could be rocky. also monday the president nominated john brennan - his chief counter-terrorism adviser to be the new c-i-a boss. he's had an office in the west wing - and the ear of the president. >> he is one of the hardest public servants i have ever seen. >> catherine: his choice is also not without some controversy. brennan was a candidate for cia director 4 years ago - contention when critics slammed his involvement in bush-era interrogations. and he's been accused of helping to manipulate leaks
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